Reasons Not To Jailbreak

It’s only fitting with a new iOS 7 jailbreak being available that we cover the other side of the things; why you should not jailbreak at all. We’ve already mentioned in this jailbreaking guide that most users should not bother using the jailbreak at all, because casual iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners will probably not benefit from the result and may just run into problems. Accordingly, we do not recommend it for most users. That’s just our opinion though, so who better to tell you jailbreaking is a bad idea than Apple itself?

It should come as no surprise that Apple has never been a fan of jailbreaking iOS for a variety of reasons. These seven (six plus one = 7) points are directly from Apple’s Support article addressing the subject, emphasizing problems that may be experienced which lead Apple to think jailbreaking is a bad idea, and why you should not jailbreak any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. They are:

  1. Security vulnerabilities
  2. Instability of iOS and apps
  3. Shortened battery life
  4. Unreliable voice and data
  5. Disruption of services
  6. Inability to apply future software updates (iOS updates)
  7. Apple may deny service to jailbroken devices

Those interested in the topic should read the entire knowledge base article from Apple, citing their complete reasons for each specific instance of potential problems encountered. We’re repeating their full text below, quoting directly from Apple’s knowledge base article on the matter:

iOS is designed to be reliable and secure from the moment you turn on your device. Built-in security features protect against malware and viruses and help to secure access to personal information and corporate data. Unauthorized modifications to iOS (“jailbreaking”) bypass security features and can cause numerous issues to the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, including:

Security vulnerabilities: Jailbreaking your device eliminates security layers designed to protect your personal information and your iOS device. With this security removed from your iOS device, hackers may steal your personal information, damage your device, attack your network, or introduce malware, spyware or viruses.

Instability: Frequent and unexpected crashes of the device, crashes and freezes of built-in apps and third-party apps, and loss of data.

Shortened battery life: The hacked software has caused an accelerated battery drain that shortens the operation of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on a single battery charge.

Unreliable voice and data: Dropped calls, slow or unreliable data connections, and delayed or inaccurate location data.

Disruption of services: Services such as Visual Voicemail, Weather, and Stocks have been disrupted or no longer work on the device. Additionally, third-party apps that use the Apple Push Notification Service have had difficulty receiving notifications or received notifications that were intended for a different hacked device. Other push-based services such as iCloud and Exchange have experienced problems synchronizing data with their respective servers.

Inability to apply future software updates: Some unauthorized modifications have caused damage to iOS that is not repairable. This can result in the hacked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iOS update is installed.

Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of the iOS end-user software license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.

Did you catch the 7th reason? It’s at the very end there (our emphasis added): Apple can deny warranty service coverage or any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch that has an active jailbreak. This is a very important point to make, because if you mess up the process and can’t restore the device yourself, Apple may cite the jailbreak to not provide warranty service, and send you on your way.

It really can’t be emphasized enough; jailbreaking is best for advanced users who understand all possible risks associated with the process. If you’re not sure whether you should jailbreak or not, the safest bet is to not do it because it can cause more problems than some users expect to experience, and may dramatically reduce their devices abilities to provide the stable experience they have become accustomed to. Ultimately it’s your decision, do what is right for you and your individual device needs.

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